Born in 1967 in Bucharest, Romania. In 1992 he is admitted as a student to the Painting Department of École Supérieure d’Arts Visuels in Geneva.
In 1995 his first short film “Before Breakfast” is selected to Locarno Film Festival. Five years later, he directs his first feature film: “Stuff & Dough”, which is selected to Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes and wins the Fipresci award. In 2004 after receiving the Golden Bear in Berlin for his short film “Cigarettes and Coffee”, he decides to direct 6 films on Bucharest. In 2005 “The Death of Mr Lazarescu” part 1 is awarded awarded the Un Certain Regard-Fondation GAN Prize in Cannes. “Aurora” (2010) is the second part of this big project. “Sieranevada” (2016) is selected to compete for the Palme d’or in Cannes.
He is considered the initiator of the Romanian New Wave and one of the most significant filmmakers today.